A few weeks ago I remember reading an article on WGR’s website about how the Bills keep mismanaging running backs in the same way every few years.
It reminded me a little bit a about how the Sabres have functioned with their defensemen, so I did a little digging. Patterns are pretty simple to find when you know where to look.
I will be examining several defensemen that the Sabres have developed and taking a look at their progressions (and regressions) throughout their careers in Buffalo. The defensemen: Brian Campbell (a success), Nathan Paetsch (a failure), Andrej Sekera and Chris Butler (the current projects) and Tyler Myers (the next project).
After two years of brief call ups Brian Campbell broke through in the 2001-02 season with respectable number through 29 games. He then struggled through his next two seasons with meager offensive numbers and poor defensive play.
In what was essentially his 4th year in the league he broke though offensively with 44 points but still had a poor defensive reputation. Finally in his last full season with the Sabres he put together a very strong season defensively and offensively. He then was traded to San Jose and signed in Chicago for a ridiculous amount of money.
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